1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Aero Sedan Country Club
Engine: Inline 6
Displacement: 216.5 Cubic Inches
Horsepower: 90 BHP
Cost New: $1,434
1948 was the final year of the so-called "warmed-over" 1942 models. Chevrolet had not had a major overhaul since before the war, and the newly designed 1949 Chevrolets were right around the corner. Despite the dated styling, it was still a sellers' market, and 775,982 Chevrolets rolled out of the dealers' lots that year. That was also the first year a Chevrolet was chosen as the Official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500, with a 1948 Fleetmaster convertible leading the race to start.
In order to compete with the wood-sided Ford Sportsman, Chevrolet also offered a new option in 1948, called the "Country Club" trim, a $150 wood-grained appliqué that was installed by the dealers. We believe that only around a hundred of the Fleetline Aero Sedans were given the Country Club option.
Another interesting fact about the 1948 Chevrolets is that the Stylemaster, (the lower-cost model), was named the Consumer Reports "Best Buy" for the low-price field, beating out the newly designed 1949 Studebakers and Fords.
This vehicle has been repainted and has had the bright work refinished, but has retained the original wood siding.